Fest Amber Lager | Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery
North Carolina, United States
weepingradish.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by akorsak on 10-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
17.65%
 
 
Wants:
1
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2
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4.19/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the beer that got me started in craft brews. I'd go into more detail but I'm told this particular brew is no longer available.

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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A - Medium pale yellow. Half inch of off-white head that immediately disappeared.

S - Bready malts with a decent sweetness and a light hop presence in the background.

T - Sweet bready malts with a touch of caramel. Very light hop presence in the background provides a touch of bitterness. Somewhat bland.

M - Light body; slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Pencible
3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light copper, with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like sour lager yeast and sourdough bread, with lemon zest and copper hops.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and copper hops, with sour lager yeast and bready malt. It had a bitter and somewhat dirty aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was a mediocre example of a style that's already not exciting. The result is a beer that's tolerable but not too enjoyable. The body is the worst part, while the scent and taste weren't offensive, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Recommended for chugging versus sipping.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear copper with good carbonation; white head dissipates very quickly & leaves hardly any lacing

Smell: Slight sweet caramel malt detectable; possibly some spice also, but overall, not very promising

Taste: Semi sweet caramel malt character; light hop finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; decent carbonation; slightly chewy

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not a recommended example of the style

Overall, Fest Amber Lager is slightly below average in my opinion. The nose is weak and the taste is bland. Someone else mentioned this in a previous review, but it does seem like a BMC take on the style. You can find much better examples of an Oktoberfest than this.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper with golden hues and an off-white, foamy head that quickly disappears leaving nearly no lacing behind.

Aroma is crisp consisting of toasted and caramel malt, but there is also a faint fruity aroma as it warms.

The flavor also has toasted and caramel malt, but also a touch of candied or brown sugar. Light earthy hops also exist, and the finish is back to the German malt.

This beer has a medium to light body with medium carbonation, and is quite crisp and refreshing.

This is an ok beer, perhaps lacking some of the malt aspects of other Oktoberfests; it is easy to drink though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe it was me but i actually really liked this beer. served to me i could tell right away it had a nice dark amber color to it that i was going to love. small cap of white comes up and over the top and hangs around forever before settling back down.

aroma is deep caramel malts at first. sweet with hints of buttery notes as well, but as it warms some light fruit notes and light hops start to come out and offer some nice balance. medium body is wonderfully suited for the style and really helps it to pick up. smooth caramel welcomes you, sweetening you up and leading the charge with lovely tones. but a nice and comsistent hop presence seals it for me an leaves me looking around for another sip right away

overall a very solid beer with a nice little profile and smooth, clean taste. i coul do this again any time.

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3.66/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at the Food Lion in Kitty Hawk, subsequently dispensed into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with immense white foam, coupled with lots of a lacing. Malty soapy smell. Light malt taste, very clean, with a smooth finish. Some caramel taste, but on the thinner side. Mild hop finish. Nice tasty brew, quite drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weeping Radish Fest is a beer that I've never seen before but since it was available here in the OBX on vacation I decided to give it a try. The beer is a bright orange amber with the a fluffy white head, the head retention is fairly good with a little bit of lacing left. The beer has a lager aroma with crisp Noble hops reminescent of Budweiser. The beer is oddly sweet at first before the malt subsides and the leaves you with just a woody/herbal bitterness. This is a beer is slightly above average, not great, but for $3 a bomber it's not a bad choice.

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up along with a bottle of their black beer from Harris Teeter in Corolla NC. Neither beers were fantastic, but I preferred this one. There's a tangy caramel and toasted toffee taste but not much else. The beer finishes with a mild kick of hops to balance things out, but this tastes more like a macrobrewery's take on the style.

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2.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Fest appears a very clear polished amber orange color with less than a finger of slightly yellowish stained head. The head receeds quite fast leaving patchy amount of lace on the glass and soon enough appears as just a thin lacing atop the beer. So far so good...now is where the experience starts to take a turn down hill. The aroma is quite sweet smelling almost like a type of caramel candy slightly fruity and a slight sting of alcohol in the back of the nose. The taste has the caramel-like candy fruitiness that the aroma led on right upfront. If you can see through the candy-like sweetness there is a trace amount of grainy flavor and a touch of hops. However, this candy-like taste is very offputting and strange. Slight amount of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of beer2day
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold with orange hues. 1-finger head, but no retention and medium lacing.

I'm getting strong diacetyl off the nose. Not off-putting completely, but very buttery. Molasses, spice, and lemongrass round out the smell.

Very thick hit with a sour flavor that follows quickly. Again, not off-putting but not completely pleasant either. Metallic taste in the finish. Malt presence is a little thin for a Marzen.

Feel is about right. A little on the thick side, but that's right where I want it to be for a fest.

Too sour to be a great drink, but passable.

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